Welcome to the December 2011 edition of The Success Coach Newsletter.
With the end of the year approaching, it is always a good time to reflect on your achievements, any different directions your life may have taken and how this may have had an impact on you. Your journey to success is about taking time to observe your world that is filled with many demands, such as Facebook requests, emails, phone calls, or text messages to name a few. Through the haze, it is important to find the guiding light and decide what is true for you.
With some of the recent global events that have occurred, there many opportunities to make a difference that will assist with establishing solid foundations for future generations. Each and every one of us has the ability to create an impact in some way, using the skills and abilities we have. Every day, it is important to be clear on your journey, observe the flow that is taking place and ensure you have the determination to succeed.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
This newsletter reflects on some of the things you may be experiencing in our fast moving world, where you can focus your energy and create something that you are passionate about.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your families and friends all the best for the forthcoming festive season and 2012 - I look forward to our continuing association.
Geoff Edwards - The Success Coach
"Creating Value in People’s Lives"
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Your Journey to Success
Your journey to success is taking time to observe in a world that is filled with many demands, such as Facebook requests, emails, phone calls, or text messages to name a few. Through the haze, it is important to find your guiding light, decide what is true for you and where your true passion lies.
Is your World the “real world?”
In recent discussions with clients, it has become apparent that while we all experience things differently, there are many situations occurring where important messages are being overlooked. A couple of examples may illustrate this.
Today we see how technology and marketing efforts are combined to produce an excellent approach to the delivery of messages for all types of products and services. The end result however, is that all of us receive an ever increasing number of messages from many sources. Because we can only focus on a few things at any given time however, our brain operates in delete mode and we only see the first sentence or, the product with the brightest colour, or the service with the most appealing message. This applies to many situations, for example, email messages in the business world. Clients indicate the need to repeat sending messages a number of times as the recipient has only read the first line. In other situations, we are sometimes overlooked by a friend in a crowd or, even nearby, due to pre-occupation in our mind with so many other things. We need to increase our awareness about when we could be operating in delete mode due to the overload of messages, as we may be missing an important event, or relationship opportunity.
Discover your truth
The holiday season is a great time for a change in pace away from your current circumstances. It is an opportunity for further discovery about who and what you are meant to become and how you can contribute i.e. your life purpose. It is important to learn to know yourself and begin answering the big questions of life i.e. what inspires you, why you are here and what you are supposed to experience, learn and get out of this lifetime. So, take out a few sheets of loose paper, or a journal and a pen and find a quiet place where you will not be interrupted. Turn off your mobile phone, your computer. Write the answers to each question down from the list below. Write the first thing that pops into your head. Write without editing. Use point form. It’s important to write out your answers rather than just thinking about them. Write quickly and be honest. Nobody will read it. It’s important to write without editing.
What makes you smile? (activities, people, vents, hobbies, projects etc)
What were your favourite things to do in the past? What about now?
What activities make you lose track of time?
What makes you feel great about yourself?
Write down all of your major goals in your life that you feel you want to achieve
Who inspires you most? (anyone you know or do not know. Family, friends, authors, artists, leaders, etc). Which qualities inspire you, in each person?
What are you naturally good at? (skills, abilities, gifts etc)
What do people typically ask you for help in?
If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
Keep your answers in a notebook that’s both easy to access and update wherever you happen to be: it will be a source of sustaining you and by which you can continue to measure your growth through life.
Be the Observer
Start and notice your thoughts, feelings and emotions. At least once a day, for at least 5-10 minutes, practice awareness of your experience. “Watch” whatever thoughts, feelings, evaluations, memories, sensations etc., come up without trying to influence what comes up. When you start looking “from” your thoughts or looking “in” your thoughts, bring your attention back to watching your thoughts. Let your thoughts etc., come and go as they please. Accept all parts of your experience. However, don’t take the content of your mind seriously – your sense of self does not depend on the content of your mind. You are not your mind as there is a deeper inner place where your true self resides. By distancing yourself from your thoughts, your mind will experience peace, your ego loses its power over you, which means that you become free from futile thinking, worries, and restless thinking. Awareness goes beyond thinking. At such times, the spirit within you, the real you, is not hindered by your mind, your thoughts and your desires. New perspectives will arise in line with your true self.
Immerse yourself in solitude.
Give yourself some time and space to get away from the expectations, the conversations, the noise, the media and the pressure. Take some time each day to go for a long walk and think. Plant yourself on a park bench and look at the beauty around you. Take a long thoughtful road trip. Whatever you do, move away from anything that distracts you from contemplating your life and where you want it to go. In solitude, you should feel independent and self – sufficient, not lonely, needy or afraid. If the banter of co-workers, parents, friends, or strangers is getting you down, solitude can restore your sense of balance and inner calm, reminding you that you have a trajectory in life mapped out and that you’re marching to it, not to the worries, fears and hearsay of other people. Ensure at this time that you are in the present moment, rather than the past or looking too much in the future. Remember that you can’t drive your life forward if you are always gazing through your rear-view mirror!
Change your Destiny
Do the things that you have discovered in this exercise and that you would really like to do! Pick up those watercolours. Write a short story or a blog. Start a new business. Plan a trip to Mombasa, Mt Kenya, a walk at Nairobi Safari Walk, have dinner with a family member, start cracking jokes. Open up. Tell the truth. Whatever it is that you have decided upon, start doing that now. Notice the changes that are taking place and reward your successes on the way. You can accelerate the change process by how you visualize success and change your destiny.
Other Developments during 2011
I am continuing to work with clients on an ongoing basis to bring about change in their lives and to accelerate the change process. This includes individuals, managers, business owners, teams, leaders and executives on a local, national and global basis. My coaching is extending across the globe, with opportunities becoming available to work with key leaders/CEOs to “Make a Difference” in areas that are important for future generations. This includes involvement in Sir Richard Branson climate initiatives and Dick Smith regarding population trends and implications.
As a part of my ongoing training as a coach, I have upgraded my accreditation in 360 Degree feedback, Myers Briggs personality profiling and FIROB team coaching.
I have published a number of articles during 2011 for Oxygen and Imagine Your Lifestyle magazines covering the following:
Change your perception
Discover your true self
Drive your destiny
Focus for success
Turn Up the Power
Motivation to Succeed
Coping with disasters
Narcissism on Facebook
If you would like to see a copy of any article, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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Success seminar series through regular webinars on topics covering goal setting, work life balance, time management, communications, relationships etc
Success Coaching designed to meet your needs, whether an individual, business owner, manager, team, executive or leader. I work face-to-face, over the phone, via skype, or email and tailor packages accordingly.
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To your success!
The Success Coach